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Former school clerk pleads no contest to theft

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:21 p.m. HST, Mar 03, 2014

A former clerk at Ka Waihona o Ka Na'auao Public Charter School has pleaded no contest to theft in the second degree.

Christine K.S. Atisanoe was charged with theft in the second degree for stealing $19,750 from the school between Jan. 6, 2010 and March 2, 2012, according to a news release issued by Monday by the state Attorney General's Office.

Atisanoe, 34, was responsible for collecting and depositing payments from students and parents made to the school. These payments were made for school meals, the A+ program, excursions and other activities.

The school conducted an audit and found that Atisanoe did not deposit the money into the proper school account. The audit also concluded that Atisanoe kept cash payments to pay her utility and credit card bills.

On Thursday, acceptance of Atisanoe's no contest plea was moved for deferred and sentenced was scheduled for July 15, according to the release 

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Pocho wrote:
no contest plea. Does she know she took the money or not? hahahahahahaha CRAZY ahh I hope she wasn't a volunteer worker who decided to pay herself for all the funds she collected.
on March 3,2014 | 02:01PM
pcman wrote:
It is due time to place the DOE and principals responsible for these fraud, waste and abuse cases. I suspect, if all schools were audited, almost every principal would be found negligent or guilty of lost, stealing and abuse of school allocated funds. The superintendent of the DOE needs to get hold of this widespread problem or get the hell out of the job.
on March 4,2014 | 09:06AM
nigelUV001 wrote:
What is it going to take for the state to get serious about education. So much waste already, how many secretaries are stealing? What are the principles doing? Even the courts cost money. How much is it costing us when this happens? Is this like the ice berg where we are only seeing the tip? Now even the public school teachers are sending their kids to private school. Where is the pride and integrity??
on March 3,2014 | 03:03PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Watch. She'll get probation along with a "promise" to pay it all back, which she won't. There is no deterrence in our so-called "justice" system.
on March 3,2014 | 04:27PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Here we go again. Another clerk taking money from the schools. How can these people look at themselves knowingly they have to face these kids and adult every day, seeing how hard these kids and adults fund raise etc and then pocket the proceeds??? Then our Hawaii judges will just let them free on "good behavior" and "do community work" you know they can never pay back the money they stole if they already not paying their own bills. Where are they going to get they money????
on March 4,2014 | 05:14AM
myviewofthings wrote:
Just send her straight to jail . Better yet deport her back to her motherland.
on March 4,2014 | 10:30AM
myviewofthings wrote:
maybe Salivaa Atisanoe can pay it back.
on March 4,2014 | 10:31AM
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